Zags clinch WCC crown with crushing victory over San Diego

Gonzaga overwhelmed San Diego 96-38 to improve to 29-0 and clinch the West Coast Conference title.

SAN DIEGO — These blowouts never get old for No. 1 Gonzaga.

The Bulldogs had their biggest one yet Thursday night, overwhelming San Diego 96-38 to improve to 29-0 and clinch the West Coast Conference title. Josh Perkins and Jordan Mathews scored 15 points apiece, and Johnathan Williams had 14 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.

The 58-point victory margin was the biggest of the season for Gonzaga, which also has won games by 47, 46 and 39 points. It was just two points short of the school record.

“It’s tough to be flat with a full house and we were playing for an outright league championship tonight, so I thought the guys were really focused and came out with the right approach,” coach Mark Few said.

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“It’s been like this all year. We have just not shown up flat or not paid the proper attention to our opponent. It’s the best we have ever been since I have been coaching here, as far as night in and night out doing what we have to do.”

Few is in his 18th season.

“You just want to get the win, and however much that is, you’re going to take it,” Perkins said.

It was merely the latest laugher for Gonzaga, the only unbeaten team in Division I. It has won all 17 conference games by double digits.

Nigel Williams-Goss scored 14 points and Zach Collins had 12 for Gonzaga.

Olin Carter III scored 15 for USD (12-17, 5-12), which has lost six straight and 39 of its past 42 games to Gonzaga.

Gonzaga so dominated that it jumped to an 11-0 lead while USD missed its first 10 shots, five of them three-pointers. Juwan Gray finally ended the drought with a three-pointer some 6½ minutes in.

All those missed USD shots led to easy rebounds for the Bulldogs, who finished with 51 to USD’s 20.

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